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    Re: I think my hives are doomed

    I also go away for work and come back, it does make beekeeping a bit more challenging.

    Can you haul the three colonies and leftover boxes out of there for one o two work cycles, leave the fence...
  2. Re: going to do a cut out this morning...pics to follow

    Nice work.
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    Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Right. But can you get a flexible vacuum hose down the tube?
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    Re: Swarm moved in a tractor

    Nope.

    Trap-outs are playing the long game.

    You need a way to physically move them out of the tube and into your hive box. Make a bee vacuum, just a simple one. Is there any access to the tube...
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    Re: Robbing concern?

    Occasional fighting is normal. Testing the defense.
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    Re: Replacing hive stand

    Go for it.

    Don't stack the hive boxes right one the ground, you may end up with crawlers up your pant legs.

    Easiest way would be:

    Take off outer cover, place it on the ground upside down,...
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    Re: Attached Comb

    Totally normal. Don't sweat it.
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    Re: HELP! What is this???

    Drone larvae, all is normal.
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    Re: Shrimping and bees don't work

    Commercial salmon fisherman here, I hear you! Trying to get the boat ready, leaving for the West Coast on June 3rd, right about when the swarm calls start tapering off around here. Always a bit of a...
  10. Re: trouble engaging a maxant power extractor PLEASE HELP

    Still stuck? Do you have a photo?
  11. Re: Too Much Moisture in the Screened Bottom

    Do you have a top entrance or vent on this hive?

    ** sorry I wrote this back an hour ago but posted it late so now I doesn't make sense.
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    Re: Lip balm questions

    The smell and taste of honey will come through in your beeswax, so don't worry about it, you can put it on the label no problem, just don't add a lot of it to your recipe because it gets hard to deal...
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    Re: What is this?

    Pollen. They pack it it balls like that when they are putting it in the cells and it falls out often. You see a lot of it if you have debris boards under the screens.
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    Re: Vacuuming established hive

    Like everything beekeeping - lots of different options that work.

    I changed my vacuum setup around last season so it takes normal brood boxes like cartridges in between a modified top cover and...
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    Re: Split question

    Nope.
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    Re: New guy, caught a swarm, twice.

    Thanks for the photos!
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    Re: British Columbia

    Swarm call came in April 22nd, 2016
    -likely swarmed April 21st.

    RICHMOND, BC.

    Near IKEA.

    Small swarm clustered on ornamental pine shrub, maybe cantaloupe sized total. Four feet off the...
  18. Re: Over-confidence, or over-stupid? (smoking bees)

    Experiment with a little puff of smoke at the entrance and then a little puff when you lift the cover. I end up killing way less bees per hour when using a little smoke. I don't use it to stop...
  19. Re: Where to place frames full of bees into new hive?

    Starting with the frames in the middle will allow the colony to expand to both sides, instead of just expanding on the one side.

    Also, the far side of the edge frame is the least desirable spot in...
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    Re: Huge Swarm Resuced

    I had one that wouldn't fit into a 10 frame deep, and I already had been at two swarms that day, the bee vac was full, everything was full, and i was an hour away from th yard and not happy to go...
  21. Re: Opinion re two different splits I did today

    *** deleted because I didn't read the OP properly!
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    Re: What's with these bees?

    If you could get your hands on even one old frame of drawn comb it would help a great deal to nip this in the bud, maybe ask around at your bee club?
  23. Re: Video of my hive, hoping for feedback.

    Not seeing a problem from here , what is your concern exactly?
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    Re: Frameless comb on my foundation frame?

    Not unusual when starting out. Remove the portion that isn't built on the foundation. Once you have some drawn comb this problem largely goes away.
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    Re: moving to new hive

    I agree with Chuck, assuming you have maturw flying drones around first. If you are going into a flow in your area and want to make honey with the 36", then don't do a full half and half split, just...
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